Complying with the Digital India vision, the government has launched several e-governance related initiatives like DigiLocker, which allows users to store their documents and use them for verification. The government is now striving for a paperless ecosystem that allows faster implementation of its policies, and benefits to the public. Now, in a move to simplify the process even more, the Tamil Nadu police are planning to soon implement a mobile app for passport verification on a pilot basis in three districts. The announcement was made by a senior official at the Ministry of External Affair. He further said that the handwritten passports were not valid any longer and those holding the same have to get it exchanged for a digital passport. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this week
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“The Tamil Nadu government has agreed to use a mobile software application loaded in a tablet to ease the process of police verification needed for issuance of a passport,” K Balamurugan, Regional Passport Officer, Chennai said. According to Balamurugan, there will not be any paperwork for the police as every detail will be available on the tablet. He said the central government pays around Rs 150 per verification to the police department for reports submitted within 21 days and Rs 50 for reports submitted beyond that. Implementation of this idea will help police department get their finance easily to purchase the tablets out of the passport verification fee. For applicants who submit Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter Identity card and an affidavit on criminal cases, passports would be issued within four days on post-police verification basis. Also Read - 10 most downloaded mobile apps in 2021 so far: TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, more
According to Balamurugan, a total of around 4.10 lakh passports — fresh and renewal — were expected to be issued in the Chennai region.
Technology will soon take a leap to make “paperless passports”. The technology would allow travelers to do without the booklets and switch to “paperless passports” that would act similar to mobile boarding cards enabling a tourist to travel through an airport without documents of any kind. Digital passports on your phone will require new hardware on the device in order to securely store the electronic passport so it cannot be copied from the phone.